Manuela Runge – Creative Writing and Shiatsu Coach


Dipl. Germanistin, Lektorin, Autorin und GSD-anerkannte Shiatsu-Praktikerin.

Manuela Runge was born in Dresden. While studying German studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After completing her studies in Berlin, she worked as an editor at the Aufbau-Verlag and supervised the field of literature and scientific nonfiction there. She left the GDR shortly before the reunification of Germany and moved to Mannheim. In Weinheim, she continued her work as an editor for non-fiction books, especially biographies, associated in the Verlagsgruppe Beltz Quadriga Publishing and Athenaeum continues and has since been on biographical poetry readings, including to Daniil Kharms, Akhmatova, Rose Auslander, Franz Fühmann, Bertolt Brecht and Else Lasker-Schüler. In 2000, she became a freelance writer, editor and ghostwriter. She is author of several biographies including biographies about Marlene Dietrich, Otto und Gustav Lilienthal und Kurt Masur. In 2003, Manuela moved back to Berlin. Manuela spends her time offering Shiatsu massage in her private practice in Pankow (www.ki-haus-pankow.de) and also coaching on creative writing.



Jenny Pospieszny – Aromatherapy Coach

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Jenny grew up in East Berlin in the 80s, she is an all-Berliner and a straight shooter with a big big heart! After years of working in an office, she decided to pick up the art of massaging as her way of personal development. Before she knew it, she was hooked and she worked to become a massively successful masseur in Berlin, working for 5 star hotels and subsequently managing hotel spas herself.

Her training began as a relaxationn therapist, specializing in hypnosis and Progressive Muscle Relaxation according to Jacobson. In 2011, she started advancing her knowledge in aroma-therapy and became an expert in using aroma to ease body tension and soothe troubled emotions. Her passion for natural healing continues, as she  eventually mastered the skill of quantum healing.

Jenny is an all rounded masseuer mastering skills of different kinds of massage techniques and therapeutic treatments. She uses Aromatherapy to treat her clients’ mental, as well as, physical discomforts on a daily basis. Her experience and feedback from her clients proves the effectiveness of her approach. She believe we  should all try to heal our body naturally before committing to heavy medication. She believes good health is maintained on a regular basis at home. For that reason, she had the idea to organize workshops to coach people who are interested to use aromatherapy in their wellness routine.

Since she is a well soughted masseur in Berlin, working with various 5 star hotels and important clients in the city; her job doesn’t leave her with alot of time for workshops. LearnApe is very honoured to represent and work with her in her upcoming Aromatherapy workshop.

Find out more about her 2016 workshops on Aromatherapy and emotional healing and her signature Raindrop Massage technique




Birgit von Borstel – a real STAR in the world of Astrology

From the outside, Birgit has a pixie hairstyle, she is what we call cool. She studied Psychology and Philosophy, and have worked as a DJane, club manager, promoter and finally a product manager in a record label. Little does she know, her life path would lead her to become a prominent Astrologist/Psychologist in Germany.
This blooming bud stem from when she was 16 years old, when she came across Astrology. Like everyone else, she was fascinated but at the same time skeptic about this connection between humans personalities and well-beings with the planets. The two (people and planets) seems so far away. Where is the connection. Where is the prove?
Birgit went through a long journey of finding these answers to those questions. She trained herself to calculating and creating horoscopes, and through an in-depth study of the relevant literary titles, lengthy conversations and personal observations, just like studying and getting to know any subjects in life, she eventually found the connections and learned how to interpret Astrology. She is convinced, people would have so much to benefit from the understanding of our cosmos, and every invincible element around us.  We are all connected.

Natural as Psychologist, she was fascination in using Astrology to study peoples’ intentions and motivations to detect aptitudes and proclivities that characterize a personality.  She realized that an astrological world view not only enables us to be more open-minded, tolerant and authentic but also reveals new ways of approaching problems, encouraging potentials, and finding solutions.

In order to better understand how to evaluate the information provided by the horoscope and to create a comprehensive and sensible interpretation, she completed a course in psychological astrology in Hamburg between 1999 and 2002. Here she learned how to structure the complexity that horoscope interpretation entails. Since 2007, Birgit works also as a teacher for Astrology in Hamburg in Berlin.

Birgit von Borstel is a certificated astrologer of medieval astrology (CMA) , DAV (German Astrologer Association), and member of the DAV examination board since 2011. I am also member of ATA (Arbeitskreis Traditionelle Astrologie), a research group for traditional Astrology with members from Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. She is qualified as a coach and for working as a health care practitioner, specialized in the field of psychotherapy. Birgit works with both modern and traditional astrology techniques.

Enrique – Deutschkurs für spanisch sprechende Menschen

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Mein Name ist Enrique, wurde seit 41 Jahren in Spanien geboren. Ich spreche Englisch, Deutsch, und natürlich Spanisch.
Seit langem habe ich Kindern Englisch unterrichtet, und seit 4 Jahren bin ich autorisierte Spanisch Lehrer von Cervantes Institut in Spanien.
Ich habe die deutsche Sprache fast selbst gelernt, deswegen bin ganz bewusst, wieweit eine Sprache nicht gut kennen ein grosses Problem sein kann.
Ich sehe mich als ein Spracheliebhaber. Mach mir richtig Spass zu verstehen, wie eine Sprache geht.
Ich halte es für wichtig zu verstehen, wie das Gehirn funktioniert; alles hat mit der Absicht zu tun, nur wenig mit der Übersetzung.
Lass uns versuchen ein Problem in eine Lösung zu verwandeln; Sprachen lernen, um neue Leute kennen zu lernen, die Sprache sollten nicht uns trennen.


Photography workshop series instructor – Lara Celenza

Lara Celenza is an award-winning film director, screenwriter and freelance photographer living in Berlin. BA in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna (2006) and an MPhil in Russian Studies from the University of Cambridge (2007). During her academic years, she specialised in Russian and Soviet film, and then she completed a Directing Diploma at the Raindance Film School London in 2008. Lara Celenza runs Kalifilm Production and Lara Celenza Photography and cater services to clients across Europe and America. Follow her on FB and Twitter.




Award Winning Song bird – Linor Oren

Linor Oren is an Israeli Soprano, Currently based in Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and since then she has performed numerous operatic roles and sang as a soloist with several orchestras. Her operatic repertoire includes roles such as the Countess in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ (Mozart), Fiordiligi in ‘Cosi fan tutte’ (Mozart), Rosalinde in ‘Die fledermaus’ (Strauss), Euridice in ‘Orfeo e Euridice (Gluck) and others. Linor has participated in Master Classes with singers and coaches from all over the world, such as Andreas Scholl (Switzerland), Peter Harvey (England), Sylvia Grinberg (Austria) and Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (Israel); and in performance workshops such as the IVAI in Tel-Aviv and the Mind-Body-Voice in Berlin. Linor is an America-Israel Cultural foundation award winner for the years 2008-2010.



Art Addict – Liz Magno

Liz is a relatively new arrival in Berlin, She visited 4 times in the last 5 yrs for 3 months stays and finally got her Visa a year ago. She is a self professed “Art Addict” who enjoys the cultural life here. She mainttains a Studio in Kreuzberg where she draws, paints and works 3 dimensionally. She received her BA at Montclair State University and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and New York University.

Liz has taught Maskmaking to Theater Arts students in 2 Universities in the US: Penn Stste and Kutztown Unversities. She worked with several Theater groups in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania; Selkie Theater, Allentown Public Theater and Touchstone Theater where she was the assistant designer for “Don Quixote de la Bethlehem. This was a Street Theater production that took place in 20 different locations with approximately 200 “actors”. It celebrated the 500 birthday of Don Quixote and imagined him in Bethlehem Pa) today and relating his adventures to present day community and political concerns. The production was well reviewed and was written about in “Theater Arts”, a national Magazine.

Liz was a resident artist at the “Banana Factory”, a Community Art Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she taught a number of Classes to groups ranging from 3 yr olds to Senior Citizens, especially “disadvantaged Youth” and Cancer survivors (both Pediatric and Adult) and their Caregivers.

She participated in the “Arts in Education” program in the Pennsylvania Schools . This program brought Artists into the classroom to work with students to meet specific Educational Objectives. Working with Classroom Teachers, they developed Projects using the Arts to interest and engage students in specific academic subjects. She did several projects with Dr, Pat Pichiotta, the author of the book, “Art as a Way of Learning”. She thinks of her students not necessarily as future artists, if that is going to happen it will, but also sees them benefiting from “Art as a Way of Thinking”